Saudia flight diverted after "false" cargo fire
By: Ruchi Shroff
A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 777-200 flying from Mumbai to Riyadh was diverted to Muscat after the crew received a cargo fire indication, The Aviation Herald has reported.
The crew discharged the relevant fire suppression system and diverted the aircraft, which was carrying 341 passengers. The aircraft stopped on the runway for inspections by emergency services closing the runway for about half an hour until the aircraft was towed to the apron.
Oman's Civil Aviation Authority reported that emergency services found no trace of fire, heat or smoke, the indication was determined false. Possible cause of the indication was determined to be a load of fruit carried in the cargo compartment.
The aircraft was able to continue the journey and reached Riyadh with a delay of 9 hours.